McCain Delivers Blistering Remarks To U.S. Allies And It’s All About Trump (VIDEO)

If Donald Trump is removed from power, it might not have anything to do with Democrats. Republicans are likely to deliver the mortal blow, beginning with the hammering Trump got in Sen. John McCain’s remarks to U.S. allies Friday, at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. 

The senator is one of Trump’s chief antagonists, having been on the receiving end of the man’s many personal barbs aimed at high-profile figures. McCain’s first shots came as he commented on the resignation of security adviser Michael Flynn:

I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they’ve got a lot of work to do. The president, I think, makes statements (and) on other occasions contradicts himself. So we’ve learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says.

In his speech to the conference, McCain never mentioned the chief executive by name, but there was also never any doubt about who the senator was targeting. He aimed for a high tone, speaking of values and ideals that the allies have in common — and in stark contrast to the low tone that the administration usually adopts.

McCain began by invoking the founders of the Security Conference and the ‘universal values’ that they embodied fifty years ago in building the strength of Western allies as a counter to other countries’ ambitions. While calling upon the founders’ memory, he launched into what was clearly an attack on Trump’s values and policies:

They would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood and race and sectarianism. 

They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see towards immigrants and refugees and minority groups — especially Muslims. 

They would be alarmed by the growing inability — and even unwillingness — to separate truth from lies. 

They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.

Blood ties. Racial ties. Immigrants. Refugees. Minorities. Lies. Authoritarianism. McCain packed a lot of the Trump agenda and behavior into a few minutes of time. But he especially wanted to link America and himself — but not Trump — to the allies represented at the conference. By way of contrast to the chief executive’s insistence on ‘America First’ — and screw everyone else — the senator said:

Make no mistake, my friends: These are dangerous times, but you should not count America out, and we should not count each other out.

We must take our own side in this fight. We must be vigilant. We must persevere. And through it all, we must never, never cease to believe in the moral superiority of our own values — that we stand for truth against falsehood, freedom against tyranny, right against injustice, hope against despair.

Once upon a time, that message would have been for countries outside of the Western alliance. Today, it’s aimed squarely at fellow Republican and supposed leader of McCain’s own party, Donald Trump.

Wow.

Watch McCain’s speech here:

Feature photo, John McCain, screenshot from YouTube video.

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Deborah Montesano

Deborah Montesano is a longtime political activist and blogger. She learned to fight against impossible odds by living for years in Arizona, but recently relocated to the more progressive-friendly city of Portland, Oregon. Find her on Facebook at facebook.com/thepoliticali/ or on Twitter @thepoliticali_1.

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